General John Raymond, U.S. Space Force chief of space operations.
Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melody Howley

A new memorandum of understanding (MOU) announced today by U.S. Space Force (USSF) Chief of Space Operations Gen. John “Jay” Raymond and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine spells out new relationships between the organizations.

Credit: DOD photo illustration

One area is in the deep space survey and tracking arena, using technologies to support extended Space Domain Awareness (SDA) and near Earth object (NEO) detection beyond geosynchronous orbit.

Credit: NASA/Space Force MOU

The MOU notes that despite years of effective use of all available assets, NASA has fallen short to meet a NEO survey deadline, “without leveraging future technical capabilities.

The Space Force’s “sphere of interest” now extends outward to 272,000 miles and beyond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read the entire NASA/Space Force MOU here at:

https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/nasa_ussf_mou_21_sep_20.pdf

Also, go to this Department of Defense statement:

NASA, DOD Agree to Collaborate More Closely in Space

Go to:

https://www.defense.gov/Explore/News/Article/Article/2356511/nasa-dod-agree-to-collaborate-more-closely-in-space/source/GovDelivery/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go to the full MOU at:

https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/nasa_ussf_mou_21_sep_20.pdf

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